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  • Makenzie Hoover

Boosting your self-esteem




Let’s be real, we all have some insecurities we are critical about with our bodies and the idea of stripping down into lingerie in front of a near-stranger can be daunting. Below are a few tips on how to boost your self-esteem as well as reasons why booking a boudoir photoshoot can become such an amazing experience!



Steps to boost your self-esteem:

  • Identify the triggering confidence-killing situations – Take a moment to think about situations in your life that deflate your self-esteem.

  • Become aware of your thoughts – In those situations where your self-esteem is deflated, evaluate your thoughts during these events.

  • Challenge your thoughts – Become aware of your thoughts that are negative, inaccurate, or inconsistent with facts or logic. It takes time to realize any negative preconceived thoughts.

  • Adjust your mindset – Analyze your thoughts and emotions. You have the power to change your negative thought pattern. Forgive yourself then replace those negative thoughts.

  • Think positively – Treat yourself as you would treat your best friend, be supportive, kind, and understanding. Tell yourself a positive message every day. Every time you criticize yourself, stop and look for objective evidence that the criticism is true and you’ll realize that most of your negative self-talk is unfounded.

  • Accept the positive – Don’t brush off compliments, dismiss your achievements, or ignore your positive traits.

  • Appreciate your special qualities – remind yourself of your good attributes every day. Write a list and refer to it often.

  • Don’t compare yourself to others – everyone is different and every life has value in its own right. Accept yourself, warts and all.

  • Let go of the past & don’t worry about the future – Worrying is fretting about the future, accept that you can’t see or control the future, concentrate on living in the here-and-now.

  • Be assertive – communicate your needs, wants, feelings, beliefs, and opinions to others directly and honestly.

  • Exercise – Even if it’s a simple walk around the neighborhood, fitness gives a positive boost to the brain and will help you to feel good.

  • Practice the above suggestions every day – Give yourself time to establish new habits and boost your self-esteem.


Boudoir photography elevates your body image, which is integral to confidence and in turn, boosts your self-esteem.


Experiencing a boudoir photoshoot shoot will open you up to a journey of self-acceptance and feeling confident in your own skin is the greatest gift you can give yourself.


You don’t need a special occasion to book a boudoir photo shoot, it’s an occasion in itself! It’s fun girl time while being pampered and the results are stunning images of you looking like your best self.


Why should I do a boudoir photoshoot

with Photography by Rae?


Boudoir Helps You Be More Vulnerable

It takes courage to be unapologetically yourself, to be fierce in your self-love, and to be vulnerable in front of a camera. Letting your guard down and embracing yourself and your body will make you feel so proud and powerful!

By looking and feeling beautiful during your boudoir session, you’ll leave with your head held high and feeling confident to take on the rest of your life. Once you see the photos, you will ask yourself, “Why did I wait so long to do this!?”

As far as we’re concerned, every woman that walks into our boudoir studio is a goddess, and we’ll make sure you know it! With your hair styled, makeup done and dressed in lingerie, you’ll be exuding confidence during and after your experience.


Boudoir Gives You Powerful Memories

The best client feedback I’ve gotten is how much women love to revisit their shoots! You can hang the photos on your wall, show off your badass experience, or keep the photos safe and sound.

No matter what, you’ll always have the memories.

Boudoir photography lets you revisit the time when you never felt more alive. It’s a reminder of the powerful woman you are.


Boudoir Reminds You Who You Are

Boudoir photography shows women as they really are: not what others want them to be or what think they should be. That means you — your authentic self in your perfectly, imperfect body.

Think of all you have done and will do. This is a celebration of you, your strength, your beauty, and your femininity in every form.

When you leave your session, you’ll leave with the knowledge of your own personal power.




What is it like to do a boudoir photoshoot

with Photography by Rae?


A boudoir photography shoot is a life-changing opportunity to explore your body and personality and reflect them to quality images. To ensure you enjoy the experience and you're fully prepared for the shoot, these are some of the things you can expect when you book a full-service boudoir photographer in Michigan.

  • Before we do the actual shoot, I would love to hear about your ideas first! Bring out your Pinterest vision board or journal notes, and we will brainstorm to craft the perfect concept for your boudoir session. The pre-shoot consultation will cover all of the creative and technical aspects of your booking.

  • You don't necessarily have to buy new clothes. However, since this is also a great time to pamper yourself, I will provide a client guide with websites about where to shop for your boudoir wardrobe.

  • The pre-session journey is equally vital as the shoot, so I'll give you lots of tips on how to pamper yourself before the shoot to feel excited!

  • Whether it's a spa day or day-off at home to read your favorite book, I would encourage you to take a breather so your body and mind will be more relaxed for the shoot.

  • I'll give you lots of tips on how to pose or project yourself in front of the camera. As a professional boudoir photographer in Michigan, it's also my job that you feel safe to get lost in yourself without feeling intimidated while posing.

  • Our goal is to create an environment that is comfortable, exciting & fit for you! You can choose whichever music makes you feel your best listening to or just let the good times roll!

  • The post-processing of the final images also depends on your preferences. Whether you want full-blown editing or minimal retouching, I will follow your editing requests to perfection.

I'M EXCITED FOR YOU TO EXPERIENCE A FULL-SERVICE MICHIGAN BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION!




Real testimonials from real clients

who booked with Photography by Rae



Kourtney L

I did a boudoir shoot with makenzie for Valentine’s Day and going in I was supper nervous since it was my first boudoir shoot. Makenzie made the shoot very comfortable and fun, my pictures came out amazing! I would definitely shoot with her again💕



Paige Vance

First things first, Makenzie has such a beautiful, vibrant personality! I was sooo impressed with her work previous to getting a shoot done that I just had to see for myself. I did a boudoir photoshoot and was a little nervous but as soon as the first picture was taken, it was awesome! My pictures came back amazing and had so much detail. I felt so beautiful and confident. Makenzie is someone you can be yourself around and she cares about how you feel. If you want someone who makes you laugh, respects your thoughts and cares about how you feel, she is the one! I will always recommend her to anyone who is looking for a photographer. She is so sweet and loving. Very happy with the experience and happy to have shared it with her.



Molly O

I did a boudoir shoot with Kenzie & it was absolutely stunning. She was totally on board for my outside idea & completely made my vision come to life. I told her how awkward I felt in front of the camera & she made it SO easy for me to loosen up and feel comfortable. She truly makes sure you get what you were looking for out of your session. If you want to feel comfortable, beautiful, and have your ideas heard and brought to life book with her!



Mary Bell

I was very worried about doing a boudoir photoshoot because i lack a lot of confidence. Rae helped me relax, she captured perfect angels and i have never felt more beautiful! This was more than an engagement gift, but a gift for myself as well to love myself more!



Miranda P

My boyfriend and I had our very first couples photoshoot, along with boudoir, and we choose to go with Makenzie! I was nervous for the shoot but she made it SO fun and made us both feel BEYOND comfortable!! Seeing my photos after she was done with them, brought actual tears to my eyes. She captured the most beautiful moments and they turned out absolutely amazing!! I couldn’t be happier!!



Kiona Horner

Makenzie is amazing! I went in there for my first boudoir shoot and i was feeling very nervous and not very confident with myself. She definitely made me feel very comfortable. She Socialized with me, helped me with the poses. I didn’t feel like i was on my own at all. She’s an absolute sweetheart! I left there happy and appreciating my body more! I came out of my comfort zone and I don’t do that much. So if you’re lookin to step out if you’re comfort zone while feeling comfortable doing so and want to be shown how beautiful you’re body really is, Makenzie is your girl! My picture are what I Was hoping for and more! 😍 Will always recommend Makenzie!!!


Katie Holcombe

Highly recommend Makenzie for ANY pictures you want done! Very professional, very friendly, super sweetheart. She is always making sure you are comfortable. She always puts her customers first. My first experience was a boudoir shoot and I can honestly say my pictures are everything that I dreamed of. I am so excited to say that I have booked another shoot with her and I can not wait! ❤️




Book Your Boudoir Session!

Ready to make your reservations with us? Book your photoshoot today to hold your space and treat yourself to the ultimate boudoir photography experience.























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